BEHIND THE SCENES WITH BARI WAALK

This week we met up with Mechanix Wear’s Bari Waalk. In between a tour of the Mechanix Wear facility, looking at the many different pairs of gloves that are made, and taking a ride in the company Hummer H2, we nabbed an interview with Bari. Here’s what the man with the silver glove had to say.The name of the game for Mechanix Wear is gloves, and it seems that you offer a billion different types of gloves. What sports do you cover with your gloves?Our gloves are really good for any sport in which tools are required. I…

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH RENTHAL’S SHAWN NORFOLK

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH RENTHAL'S SHAWN NORFOLK 6.24.2004 Scheduling off-site interviews and meetings with professional riders is a difficult task. With fame and importance come rock star status and a schedule that's filled up worse than seating for a new Star Wars movie. Fortunately, the nine to five people who hold down desk jobs at ATV companies throughout southern California don't consider themselves famous. Instead, they supply products to the rock stars and reap the rewards. Dirt Wheels is beginning weekly installments…

MARCH 29–YZF470

A Yamaha for the woodsIn the last few issues, we've featured several Yamaha YFZ450s decked out and ready for the motocross track. From our project YFZ and Tavis Cain?s Duncan YFZ to Kory Ellis? Alba/GYTR race winner, these machines are track-ready rockets. Now, we have the first test of a true woods YFZ. Four Stroke Tech (FST) has been building big bore cross country racers for well over a decade now and if anyone could get more ponies out of the YFZ, it would be them.The staff of FST got to work early on the new Yamaha as…

YAMAHA BRUIN 350 VS. BOMBARDIER OUTLANDER 330

Yamaha's Bruin 350 4x4 sells for a remarkable $4999. This makes it one of the better bargains out there in the entry-level four-wheel drive market. Bombardier introduced an all-new Outlander 330 H.O. for the 2003 season and it sells for a suggested retail price of $5499. What we wanted to know was, when you compared these two machines head-to-head, in a price, value and feature shootout, how would they fare against one another? To find out, we packed up both machines and headed out to one of our favorite industrial-strength…

HOW TO FIND BARGAIN ATV PARTS–FEB 26

Let's face it, as friendly as your local dealer is, he?s probably not the best source of cheap parts. Dealer parts are usually sold at a premium, as they are often high-profit items for the dealership. So what can you do to save some money and still get the parts you want?THE INTERNETFor all its ups and downs, the internet is here to stay and it?s an unbelievable source of information. Therefore, it is also an unbelievable goldmine for all things ATV. So if you don?t have internet access, join the rest of the world and sign…

JAN 20–2WD SPORT UTILITY SHOOTOUT

With all of the attention lately on the newest, trickest, and fastest sport quads that are arriving in 2003, sometimes it's easy to forget about the other side of the quad world. By that we mean the utility quads. We enjoy these ATVs because they provide basic, low-cost access to off-road travel. Many people don't feel comfortable on a rip-snortin' monster quad, be it a two-stroke racer or a huge 4x4 machine. All of the manufacturers offer machines that cater to this segment of the market, and that's what we will focus on…

NEW JERSEY OFF ROAD VEHICLE PARK

If Tony Soprano were a New Jersey off-road enthusiast, we know a place he'd take the gang out to for a leisurely weekend ride. Known as the New Jersey Off-Road Vehicle Park or NJORVP, the park is located on 265 acres in the heart of the scenic Pine Barrens in Chatsworth, New Jersey. Located in the southern part of New Jersey, Chatsworth is approximately 90 miles south of New York city.The land itself is currently being leased from the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, and the NJORVP crew constantly maintains it. The crew…

DEC 16–KAWI IS SAVING THE GREEN

DEC 16--KAWI IS SAVING THE GREEN 12.16.2003 It has been well over a decade since Kawasaki had a mini ATV in their lineup.With Kawasaki's new relationship with Suzuki, they were able to at least purchase and re-badge one of the better minis available today, the Suzuki LT80. Even though it is nothing more than an LT80 with green bodywork, Polaris, Bombardier and Arctic Cat also buy minis from other builders and call them their own.Back in 1987 and 1988 Kawasaki had a 110cc Mojave that received great reviews from the press and…

WE TALK TO ALBA’S CORY HOVE–DEC 8

In the December '03 issue of Dirt Wheels we published an edited interview with the owner of Alba, Cory Hove. By popular demand we are now posting the interview in its entirety. Enjoy! 1. Tell us about yourself, and what is your position at Alba? How old are you, where are you from, etc? I grew up in the High Dessert in Apple Valley and was into motorcycles from an early age. At the time, Apple Valley was wide open and you could pretty much ride anywhere, and I did. I didn't race, but rode all over the desert all the time.…

CRF450 VS. YZF450

PRO VS. PRODUCTION On the ATVA Grand National Motocross circuit, there are two premier classes to choose from; Pro and Pro Production. For the last five years or so the Pro class has been full of one-off fully custom-built quads costing upwards of twenty-five thousand dollars. Although the number of entries at national events has been growing for the last couple of seasons, the ATVA wanted to develop a new class to help cut down the cost of racing and also attract series support from the manufacturers. The new class…

WHY WE RIDE–NOV 13

(This story appears in our Feb '03 issue) All Terrain Vehicle riding is something that we can all relate to and use to support our common belief in enjoying the great outdoors. We happen to think it is one of the best and most enjoyable ways you can get up close and see the vastness and beauty of this great nation of ours. It can be as simple as the spiritual release you get when you see the morning sun rising over the ridge on an early morning trail ride. Or the sense of awe and wonder you feel as you see a glowing red sun…

SUZUKI Z250 VS. HONDA 250EX

Who is the entry-level king?Over the last couple of years all of the major manufacturers have been taking up portions of Honda's once dominant ATV market share. One company doing most of the damage is Suzuki. When Suzuki introduced the Z-400, 400EX sales took a dramatic dive. Then after the Eiger, Vinson and Ozarks were released, Rancher, Rubicon and Recon sales were affected. Suzuki's latest assault is on the entry-level sport market and their weapon of choice is the new Quadsport Z250. It's designed to take over sales of…